Hollis Woods, named for the woods she was found in when she was just hours old. She's never had a family, and she never stays in one place for long. She stops going to school, runs away, and then she's sent somewhere new. There was a family, the Old Man, his wife, Izzy, and Steven, the son. They were different, but something happened, up on the Old Man's mountain, that sent Hollis running. Now she's with Josie, who's old, who doesn't remember...a lot of things, a lot of the time. Everything comes to a crest when social services realizes Josie's not all there, tries to take Hollis away, so it's time to run again, and Hollis can only think of one place to take Josie.
Oh, beautiful book. Hollis's desire for a family, the ache, is palpable. And the way that people love Hollis--even the stucco lady, who said Hollis was a mountain trouble, who Hollis didn't like at all, loved her. This is all about family, about wishing for one, making one, finding one, and the kinds of things you just don't know about family when you've never been a part of one.
I had one problem with it, and that was that...a baby girl, abandoned, needing a family, in the United States. She would have had her family before she was old enough to start running--babies in this country with no health issues who don't have anyone to keep them from being adopted, um. Get adopted. But I got sucked into the story and the characters, and my disbelief, she was suspended.